From The High Court To The Dung Basket


When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. — Acts 9:23-27

It's funny how Saul went from the top rung to the bottom rung in a very short period of time. He went from the one plotting against to being the one plotted against. He went from the highest religious court in the land to the dung basket. Literally, he ran for his life from his own court by being lowered in a basket down the city wall that held trash and dung. It sounds like a pretty crappy situation if you ask me. And we may laugh, but it's not all that funny when it happens to us. Is it?

Since 2019 a new phenomenon has taken our world by storm — "cancel culture." This event occurs when a person or group deviates from an acceptable norm resulting in a collective canceling by an opposing group. For the most part, mainstream media and social media cancel culture have been very successful in inciting fear by using public shame. And it's emboldened some people and caused others to run for their lives.

But as we see in this text, this "cancel culture" is not some new idea. Saul was canceled. In the worst way. By his own people. And not because he did something politically malicious or sexually inappropriate but because he testified to something he had seen — the risen Jesus. And now, the blasphemy he punished others for was the message he proclaimed. And this was his burden to bear. And for many days, months, and years, Jews and Christians alike had a tough time accepting Saul. Yes, years!

So how do we overcome the fear and shame of cancel culture when we know our beliefs and actions are right and righteous? Now I am talking about being canceled for doing and speaking right, not doing and speaking wrong. So how do we overcome the fear and shame of this present cultural phenomenon?

Well, the only way to do that is with another Christian brother. When we feel like life has canceled us and are being lowered into dung by a dung basket, we need to link arms with another man. Someone who cares about us and will advocate for our best interests. A man who will step in and speak up for us as Barnabas does here. This one-man, Barnabas, altered the validity of Saul's testimony and thus the course of his Christian ministry forever.

In our present day, the only way through the cultural challenges we are encountering is together with other followers. It's together with other men who believe in the truth and a risen Savior. And this leaves me with only one question for you. Who is your Barnabas?

ASK THIS: Who is your Barnabas?  (Share their name below)

DO THIS: Find him or thank this man today!

PRAY THIS: God, bring a God-fearing older man into my life today that believes in me and who I can grow to be in Christ. A man who will advocate for me and the man you want me to be. Amen.

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19 thoughts on “From The High Court To The Dung Basket

  1. Cory B says:

    I’m so sorry for the struggles you and your wife have had to endure. I’m glad you have both drawn closer
    ‭‭to God. Keep fighting the good fight and keep reaching out brother.

    “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” 🙏

  2. Keith Panicko says:

    There are many Barnabas’s in my life. Too many to name. And to that I give praise and a glory to our almighty God. 💪💪💪

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    Chris Keeper and Shayne Weltmer, along with my mentor Bryan Olson, and actually probably half a dozen Brothers in the faith. God gives abundantly.

  4. W. James Anderson says:

    Ya. That is crappy😉 I don’t have a Barnabas. The man I am closest to lately is Steve Williams. We used to work together and were a little opposite but share Christ. We learn from each other and speak honestly. There have been a few times when we’re chatting that we don’t really get what the other is saying but later come back with a lit up face like…. Now…. I get it. Steve is kind of funny…. He’s a super snazzy dresser and cruises around in his convertible and hair sprays his hair so much the wind doesn’t move it. I’m more a jeans and tshirts guy. We like to raz each other but we both know snd resonate with Christ within us both. I asked him once if our relationship had gotten to the place where I could touch his perfectly sculpted hair….. he pulled his head back, looked at me funny and said NO, then we laughed. Anyhoo, Steve is my almost Barnabas🌺💀🌺

  5. Carl Snider says:

    I don’t have a Barnabas in my life and I feel alone a lot. I am confused in this world and keep trying to seek God. I know he tells me the truth but it is hard to wait for His timing for the truth.

    • W. James Anderson says:

      Welcome to the club Carl. Life has its struggles man but it sounds like your on the right track bud. Meaning that you at least have a connection with God. Step by step in the right direction. That’s all we can do😎

    • Cory B says:

      I’ll be your Barnabas, Carl. I too am confused a lot. My confusion stems from discerning my will vs His will. My lack of patience and inability to be still gets in the way. I’m working towards progress and not perfection. The best thing I did to combat loneliness is: 1) joined Vince’s Mentorship 2) joined a Bible study 3) I volunteer a lot. After the first couple awkward moments, I felt at home and truly believe almost All those men are my Barnabas’. I’ve gone from 0 to a solid 20+ men I know I can count on, who could also count on me.

      • DanG says:

        Your comment reflects my experience as well. As one of the oldest of the 20+ guys, I thank God that I am able to learn and grow from the knowledge and faith of my (younger) brothers.

      • Carl Snider says:

        I am lonely because my wife of 41 years of marriage has had past memories from 5 to 7 years old come back to her at the age of 52 which Satan tried to use to destroy her and our marriage. Satan is not winning because God is defending us from him. She is now dealing with these past memories that caused her to make some choices that Satan used to almost destroyed our marriage. Both of our faiths in God has increased thru this difficult season in life. I do serve at church and help in support groups that have gone thru similar bast issues. Keep thanking God for the blessing we have from Him. Thank you.

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